Law November 19, 2020

Making Hong Kong China

The Rollback of Human Rights and the Rule of Law

Michael Davis

Hosted by Jane Richards
“Imagine you live in a freewheeling city like New York or London – one of the world’s leading financial, educational, and cultural centres. Then imagine that one of the …

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Critical Theory November 9, 2020

The Asset Economy

Lisa Adkins, Martijn Konings and Melinda Cooper

Hosted by Tim Jones
“The key element shaping inequality is no longer the employment relationship but rather whether one is able to buy assets that appreciate at a faster rate than both inflation and …
Politics November 4, 2020

Down Along with That Devil’s Bones

A Reckoning with Monuments, Memory, and the Legacy of White Supremacy

Connor Towne O’Neill

Hosted by Christina Gessler
In Down Along with That Devil’s Bones: A Reckoning with Monuments, Memory, and the Legacy of White Supremacy (Algonquin Books, 2020), journalist Connor Towne O’Neill takes a deep dive into …
American Studies November 2, 2020

Hate in the Homeland

The New Global Far Right

Cynthia Miller-Idriss

Hosted by Kirk Meighoo
A startling look at the unexpected places where violent hate groups recruit young people. Hate crimes. Misinformation and conspiracy theories. Foiled white-supremacist plots. The signs of growing far-right extremism are …
Princeton UP Ideas Podcast November 2, 2020

Conservatism is Always Evolving

A Discussion with Edmund Fawcett

Edmund Fawcett

Hosted by Marshall Poe
For two hundred years, conservatism has defied its reputation as a backward-looking creed by confronting and adapting to liberal modernity. By doing so, the Right has won long periods of …
American Studies October 30, 2020

American Secession

The Looming Threat of a National Break-Up

F. H. Buckley

Hosted by Crawford Gribben
Francis Buckley, who is Foundation Professor at the Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, has written a fast-moving and provocative new book about the opportunities and possibilities of a …
American Studies October 30, 2020

The Churchill Complex

The Curse of Being Special, from Winston and FDR to Trump and Brexit

Ian Buruma

Hosted by Kirk Meighoo
From one of its keenest observers, The Churchill Complex: The Curse of Being Special, from Winston and FDR to Trump and Brexit (Penguin Press) is a brilliant, witty journey through …
American Studies October 28, 2020

Democracy Without Journalism?

Confronting the Misinformation Society

Victor Pickard

Hosted by Bruce Wark
"Few freedoms in the United States are as cherished as freedom of the press." So begins Chapter One of Democracy Without Journalism?: Confronting the Misinformation Society (Oxford University Press, 2020) …
American Studies October 28, 2020

Defender in Chief

Donald Trump’s Fight for Presidential Power

John Yoo

Hosted by Ian Drake
John Yoo, the Emanual S. Heller Professor of Law at the University of California Berkeley School of Law, has written what he terms a surprising defense of the actions of …
American Studies October 28, 2020

Liberty From All Masters

The New American Autocracy vs. the Will of the People

Barry C. Lynn

Hosted by Arya Hariharan
Americans are obsessed with liberty, mad about liberty. On any day, we can tune into arguments about how much liberty we need to buy a gun or get an abortion …
American Studies October 22, 2020

The 'Silent Majority' Speech

Richard Nixon, the Vietnam War, and the Origins of the New Right

Scott Laderman

Hosted by Michael Vann
On November 3, 1969 Richard M. Nixon addressed the nation in what would come to be known as “The Silent Majority Speech”. In 32 minutes, the president promoted his plan …
American Studies October 21, 2020

Election Meltdown

Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and the Threat to American Democracy

Richard L. Hasen

Hosted by Arya Hariharan
As the 2020 presidential campaign begins to take shape, there is widespread distrust of the fairness and accuracy of American elections. In Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and the Threat …
Literary Studies October 21, 2020

Against Demagogues

What Aristophanes Can Teach Us about the Perils of Populism and the Fate of Democracy

Robert Bartlett

Hosted by Andy Boyd
With Against Demagogues: What Aristophanes Can Teach Us about the Perils of Populism and the Fate of Democracy (University of California Press, 2020) Robert Bartlett provides a stirring argument for …
Literature October 21, 2020

Of Bears and Ballots

An Alaskan Adventure in Small-Town Politics

Heather Lende

Hosted by Christina Gessler
Heather Lende was one of the thousands of women inspired to take a more active role in politics during the past few years. Though her entire campaign for assembly member …
Critical Theory October 20, 2020

Universal Emancipation

Race Beyond Badiou

Elisabeth Paquette

Hosted by Sarah Tyson
What is Badiou’s theory of emancipation? For whom is this emancipation possible? Does emancipation entail an indifference to difference? In Universal Emancipation: Race Beyond Badiou (University of Minnesota Press, 2020) …
American Studies October 20, 2020

A Foreign Policy for the Left

Michael Walzer

Hosted by Keith Krueger
In my old age, I try to argue more quietly, though I still believe that sharp disagreement is a sign of political seriousness. What engaged citizens think and say matters …
American Studies October 19, 2020

The Sex Obsession

Perversity and Possibility in American Politics

Janet Jakobsen

Hosted by Lindsey Jackson
Why are Americans, and American politicians more specifically, obsessed with sex? Why, in the words of Janet Jakobsen, are gender and sexuality such riveting public policy concerns the United States …
American Studies October 19, 2020

Patriots of Two Nations

Why Trump Was Inevitable and What Happens Next

Spencer Critchley

Hosted by Kirk Meighoo
America is in a Cold Civil War, between people who see each other as threats to the country — but themselves as patriots. How can that be? They are patriots …
American Studies October 15, 2020

Learning from Loss

The Democrats, 2016-2020

Seth Masket

Hosted by Lilly Goren
Seth Masket’s new book, Learning from Loss: The Democrats, 2016-2020 (Cambridge UP, 2020) takes the outcome of the 2016 presidential race and Donald Trump’s unexpected winning of the presidency as …
World Affairs October 15, 2020

On the Judgment of History

Joan Scott

Hosted by Joshua Tham
Joan Scott’s groundbreaking work in gender and French history is essential reading for any aspiring historian. Indeed, she last joined us on New Books in French Studies to talk about …